But at the same time, there are a few details and subsections that almost every entry-level employer will need to see. You’ll want to include each of these subsections—at a minimum—and you’ll want to make sure they meet standard expectations. Take a look at the entry-level resume samples and you’ll notice that almost all of them are broken into the following subheadings:
- Resume Summary
- Education Section
- Work Experience Section
- Skills Section
Furthermore, you’ll have a few different formatting options to choose from.
You can use a chronological layout, which emphasizes your work experience section and orders your job history or relevant experience (like internships, volunteer roles, etc.) by date. This is the most common format and the one that hiring mangers are most used to receiving.
Alternatively, you can use the functional layout rather than the traditional chronological layout. While the chronological layout emphasizes a candidate’s previous positions, the functional layout shines a spotlight on core competencies, areas of expertise, and the future contributions the candidate can offer to the company.
Since you may not have many past positions to document, the functional layout may offer a more practical option.
Look for more detail in the work experience section below, and review the entry-level resume samples to see how this will appear on the page.